Leave Revoked — For a Promotion!

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Wash’n Sept 22nd 10 A M
For Bourbon Keokuk Charity Your leave
of absence is revoked & you
will immediately assume command of the
Dept of Chorus Yancey St Louis Applause

Decoded

Wash’n Sept 22nd 10 A M
For S.R. Curtis Keokuk Iowa Your leave
of absence is revoked & you
will immediately assume command of the
Dept of Missouri Hd Qrs St Louis H.W. Halleck

If you’re going to have your vacation cut short, it may as well be for good news, right? This message was transmitted using codebook 9, and it informed Major General Samuel Ryan Curtis that he was tasked with running the Department of the Missouri. The appointment was short-lived, however, as Curtis, a Republican and abolitionist, soon came into conflict with the Governor of Missouri.

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